Raffles Medical – DBS
Strong pick up in patient load
• 4Q net profit exceeded our expectation on pick up in patient load and margins expansion
• Potential special dividends on high net cash level (c.S$90m/17.3Scents) by FYE10F
• Raise earnings by 17%/24%; CAGR of 21%
• Upgrade to Buy, TP raised to S$1.75 (33% upside)
Strong 4Q, net profits up 25%. 4Q revenue increased 13% yoy to S$58.3m driven by both Hospital and Healthcare services division, 8% above our expectations. 4Q EBIT margins expanded by 1.1ppt yoy and 1.6ppt qoq on slower growth in staff costs (+12%), other operating expenses (+3%) and lower depreciation (-3%). Consequently, net profit grew a strong 25% yoy to S$11.9m, above streets’ estimates (S$10.3m) and ours (S$9.6m). Net profit for FY09 ended at S$37.9m, a strong 20% growth in a year of recession. A 2 Scts final dividend was proposed, bringing FY09 total dividend to 3 Scts (FY08: 2.5 Scts).
Higher patient load, 4 new clinics in FY10. Management attributed revenue growth to a pick up in patient load as the economy climbs out of recession and fears of H1N1 fade. 4Q growth was stronger than expected and management projects momentum to continue. 4 new clinics will be opened in FY10F, adding to its existing network of 71 clinics in Singapore.
$50m net cash in kitty. The Group has cash holding of S$74.4m or S$50m (9.6 Scts/share) on a net cash basis. We project that the net cash will balloon further to S$90m (17.3 Scents/share) by end FY10. If the funds are not deployed, there is a high potential for special dividends, in our view. Assuming it retains S$50m net cash, this would avail up to S$40m for dividend distribution, equating to c.7.7 Scts/share.
Strong growth ahead; Upgrade to Buy, TP: S$1.75. The growth trend should continue, and with operating leverage, we raised earnings by 17%/24% for FY10F/FY11F. TP raised to S$1.75 pegged at 20x (historical mean) on FY10F EPS. Buy for its: (i) proven track record; (ii) improving operations; and, (iii) strong growth (15.6x PE, PEG 0.75x<1x). Catalyst could come from acquisitions or special dividends given its high cash level.